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HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel)

Lawrence Lek: Farsight Freeport

Today: Closed

05 September 2019 - 10 November 2019

With Farsight Freeport, HeK presents the first big solo exhibition in Switzerland of Lawrence Lek. With his immersive, virtual worlds and electronic soundtracks, the London-based artist has developed an independent and unique visual language. Lek has created a very special scenario for the exhibition at HeK. Visitors are invited to enter a Gesamtkunstwerk that leads into the year 2065. It is a time in which artificial intelligence (AI) dominates and controls all areas of social, industrial and economic life.

The real architectural environment is imitated in the virtual worlds created by the artist. In this utopian scenario, in which HeK has been converted into a bonded warehouse, we encounter the artist's works again and immerse ourselves in his video installations, computer games and VR installations. Lek is deeply concerned with the interplay of politics, technology, and cultural production; his narratives reflect profoundly on the future of our society, for example on the automation of work through AI and its universal use in all sectors of our society.

Lawrence Lek: Farsight Freeport (2019), Courtesy the artist

HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel)


Freilager-Platz 9,  4142  Münchenstein / Basel

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu Closed  |  We 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM  |  Th 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM  |  Fr 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM  |  Su 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM

Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

24 December 2020: Closed

25 December 2020: 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM

26 December 2020: 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM

01 January 2021: 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM


HeK (House of electronic Arts Basel) is the national competence centre that deals with art forms that address and reflect upon new media and technologies. With its focus on interdisciplinary practices, it enables insights for a broad public into art productions of various genres between art, media, and technology. With its exciting programme that features exhibitions, small festival formats, performances and concerts, HeK engages with current social issues and technological aesthetic developments. Alongside its function as an event- and exhibition venue, HeK is involved in the methods of collecting and preserving digital arts.


CHF 9.00 / reduced 6.00
Concerts / events CHF 10.00-20.00

Free admission Wed - Fri, 12.00 PM - 1.00 PM (the first opening hour) and every first Sunday in the month

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission


Tram 11 (Direction: Aesch) from Basel Central station (Bahnhof SBB) to the stop Freilager

Freeway A2 to exit ramp St. Jakob. Follow signs for Dreispitz, enter by gate 13. Park in Parking Ruchfeld.

By car from the City head for Münchenstein/Dreispitz-Freilager, enter by gate 13. Park in Parking Ruchfeld.